11 Essential Tips For Hiking With Dogs

How do you combine your love of the outdoors and spending time with your dog?

Hiking with your dog is a fun way to exercise and bond. The wide-open space, fresh air, and enticing smells will have Fido waiting at the door. Whether you are a seasoned hiker or a newbie, these dog-friendly hiking tips will make your next outdoor adventure with Fido a success!

Start Slowly

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Finding a comfortable pace is key to any hiking adventure, especially when hiking with dogs. Remember to start slowly and work your way up to the long or strenuous hikes.

Wear A Harness

A harness with a reflective strip or bright color is the best choice. The harness will keep your dog visible in the woods and is a safer option for walking.

  • Dog Helios® Scorpion Sporty Dog Harness
  • Dog Helios® Compression Harness & Leash Combo
  • Helios Freestyle 3-in-1 Backpack Harness & Leash
  • Leash Up

    Keeping your dog on a leash will keep your dog at your side and out of trouble. Dogs are curious and may run into a wild animal, or try to eat a toxic plant if not on a leash.

  • Pet Life® Flexo-Tour Shock Absorbing Leash
  • Helios® Bark-Mudder 2-in-1 Dog Leash & Harness
  • Pet Life® Neo-Craft Training Dog Leash
  • Protect Paws

    If you are going to be hiking over rough terrain, then Fido may need some paw protection. Boots and protective paw wax save sensitive paws from abrasive terrain.

  • Dog Helios® Traverse High-Ankle Dog Boots
  • Natural Dog™ Pawtection
  • Drink Water

    Be sure you bring enough water for you and Fido. Staying hydrated is important especially during hot weather. It is best to hike in the morning or evening, the cooler times of the day, on a hot summer day.

  • Silicone Travel Pet Dish with Carabiner
  • Bend-A-Bowl Medium Travel Pet Bowl
  • Pet Life® PYURE Handheld Water Feeder
  • Skip Bug Spray

    The woods are a peaceful escape — and home to multiple bugs and wildlife. Keep your dog safe by protecting him with dog-safe bug repellent to ward off pesky bugs. Try a dog-friendly insect repellant and skip the spray, because citronella and DEET-based repellants are toxic for dogs.

  • Insect Shield Dog Bandana
  • Check For Ticks

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    Check Fido over for bugs after the hike. Ticks are common in the woods and love to burrow in dogs. They can be hard to spot with all the fur, so do a thorough examination.

  • Pet Life® Grazer Handheld Flea & Tick Comb
  • Flea & Tick Treatment for Extra Large Dogs
  • Hike Responsibly

    When hiking it is important to stay on the dedicated trail and pick up after your dog. The goal is to leave no trace behind. Stuff a few pet waste bags into your backpack or hook a pet waste bag dispenser onto your belt for easy clean-up.

  • Focus Poly Pink Bag Dispenser
  • Lavender Scented Doggy Waste Bags
  • Bring Toys

    All of the sights and smells will keep Fido entertained for hours. However, if you want to play a game of fetch in the open field or lake you can upon, consider packing one of these. This lightweight toy is perfect to play a game of fetch.

  • Throw & Tug Dog Toy
  • Petsport USA Giant Tuff Ball™ Dog Toy
  • Share Treats

    No hike would be complete without a healthy snack. Grab a bag of healthy dog treats to reward Fido or to enjoy as you take a break on the trail.

  • Organic Chicken & Rice Jerky Jibbs
  • Healthy Breeds Jerky Bites Beef Recipe Dog Treats
  • Pets for Vets Organic Peanut Butter & Molasses Baked Biscuits
  • Have Fun!

    Visit The Animal Rescue Site Store for all your dog-friendly hiking essentials, then get outside and enjoy nature with your dog!

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    Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast who resides in West Michigan. When not writing, she is exploring the great outdoors with her dogs and horses.
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